Truthful Tuesday — Reading During the Pandemic

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, and this week Frank wants to know…

What impact, if any, has the pandemic, and specifically last year’s lock-down, had on your reading habits?

I’ll jump to the bottom line first: the pandemic has had no real impact on my reading habits. At least not my book reading habits. Now that you have the answer to Frank’s question, you can stop reading. Or you can take a minute to read on for more details.

I retired at the end of 2016 and I planned to spend a lot of time writing. Yes, my goal was to pen the great American novel, which would be a best seller, of course.

That didn’t happened. But my retirement did afford me the opportunity to read more books, and I did so in that first year. Well, a few more books, anyway.

But I became, after the election of Donald Trump in November 2016, obsessed with reading and watching the news. So my book reading actually diminished and it has not picked back up in the year and a half since the pandemic began. I still read the newspaper and my newsfeeds and I still watch the news on TV, but I have spent more time since the pandemic began on WordPress, reading other bloggers’ posts and creating my own.

And also binge-watching TV shows.

Fandango’s Story Starter #7

It’s time for my weekly Story Starter prompt. Here’s how it works. Every Tuesday morning (my time), I’m going to give you an incomplete “teaser” sentence and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a story (prose or poetry) around that partial sentence. It doesn’t have to be the first sentence in your story, and you don’t even have to use it in your post at all if you don’t want to. The purpose of the teaser is simply to spark your imagination and to get your storytelling juices flowing

This week’s Story Starter teaser is:

As soon as she stepped into the room she realized that…

If you care to write and post a story built on this teaser, be sure to link back to this post and to tag your post with #FSS. I would also encourage you to read and enjoy what your fellow bloggers do with this teaser.

And most of all, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Glut

FOWCWelcome to August 17, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “glut.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.